Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin was bullied as a child because of his Asian heritage. Now the Christian sports figure is speaking out about his past struggles in order to help others.
The bullying of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is the focus of a new White House public awareness campaign called "Act to Change."
Lin, 27, decided to support the movement because of his own experiences, some of which he recalled in a YouTube video shared in mid October."For me, growing up Asian American and trying to play basketball was a bit tough at times," said Lin. "Sometimes people would make fun of me and just say, 'Oh, you're Yao Ming.'" "That's not that bad, but sometimes it would get worse and people would say, 'You're a Chinese import' or 'go back to China' or 'can you see the scoreboard with your eyes?' And then sometimes it got really ridiculous." more >>
A public high school quarterback in upstate New York was penalized for raising his right hand toward the sky to thank God after he scored a long touchdown run to put his team down by one point at a crucial moment in the game.
In the final minutes of the first half of Mexico High School's regular season finale at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High, Mexico junior quarterback Dante Turo, a devout Christian, exploded through the middle for a 73-yard run for a touchdown that brought the Tigers within one point of tying the game going into halftime.
As Turo crossed the goal line to give him his second touchdown of the game, he pointed toward the sky for a couple seconds to give honor to God for giving him the ability to make such a play. Soon after, the referee in the end zone threw a yellow penalty flag and gave Turo and the Tigers a 15-yard penalty, which was assessed on the following extra point attempt. more >>
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights is reviewing a discrimination complaint filed by the ACLU against a Chicago-area high school demanding that male students be allowed to use girls' bathrooms, showers and changing rooms.
Depending on the outcome, the school could lose federal funding.
The investigation by the Office for Civil Rights is "based on a complaint alleging that the district discriminated against a transgender high school student by denying her access to the girls' locker rooms," Dorie Nolt, press secretary at the Department of Education, said in a statement Tuesday, according to the Daily Herald. more >>
A federal appeals court has ruled that police officers in the Muslim hotbed of Dearborn, Michigan violated the free speech rights of a group of Christian street preachers when authorities forced the evangelists to leave an Arab-American festival in 2012 after an angry crowd of Muslims began throwing objects at the them as they preached.
The Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided Wednesday, by a narrow 8-7 margin, that Wayne County, Michigan and two deputy police chiefs violated the constitutional rights of 12 evangelizing street preachers called the Bible Believers. The police officers kicked the evangelising group out of the 2012 Arab festival in Dearborn after a mob of Muslims grew enraged with the preachers, who held signs condemning Islam and also carried a severed pig's head.
One of the street preachers, Ruben Israel, a street preacher from Los Angeles who has evangelized for over 30 years, told The Christian Post last October that the preachers held up signs that stated that Islam is a "false religion." more >>
The Washington high school football coach who has become the center of a national discussion on the religious freedoms of public school employees has been placed on leave by the Bremerton School District after he defied district orders and continued to pray on the 50-yard line following football games.
According to Fox News, Bremerton High School assistant coach Joe Kennedy was placed on administrative paid leave Wednesday by Superintendent Aaron Leavell and was told he is no longer allowed to participate in any football-related activities with the Knights.
Kennedy has been under investigation by the school district since September when a complaint was issued about his post-game prayers. more >>
A 12-year-old Texas Christian student from the Katy Independent School District and her mother are now fighting back after alleging a teacher told students in her class that "God is a myth" and it is wrong to present the idea of God as fact.
Jordan Wooley, a seventh grader at West Memorial Junior High, told FOX 26 that students in her class, many of whom are also believers, were asked on a classroom assignment to differentiate between fact, common assertion and opinion.
When it came to an item on the assignment that stated "There is a God," Jordan said she told the teacher that the statement is factual based on her religion but the teacher shut her down. more >>